Advocacy for ASD in Canberra/ACT

SOfASD submission on disability employment in the ACT

SOfASD made a submission to the ACT Assembly Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services for its Inquiry into the Employment of people with disabilities.

The submission concludes:

Little is known about employment outcomes for autistic people in the ACT. It is likely that employment outcomes for autistic people are as dismal in the ACT as they are nationally.

Disability policy and programs will not deliver equitable outcomes for autistic people until programs recognise ASD is a distinct disability.

recognise behavioural clinicians in the ACT

Ms Y Berry MLA
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development
Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
GPO Box 1020
Canberra ACT 2601


Dear Ms Berry MLA

Subject: recognise behavioural clinicians in the ACT

Thank you for your response (29/3/2017) to our emails.

SOfASD is disappointed that you chose to deny implicitly our request to meet (made in our letter 30/1/2017).

In your response, you wrote:

submission to ACT Students with Disability Review

SOfASD made a submission to the ACT Students with Disability Review.

Executive Summary

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a distinct type of disability; it is not a sub-type of intellectual disability or developmental delay.

The number of autistic students, that is students diagnosed with ASD, has increased to a point where there are now more autistic students than students with intellectual disability. Between 30% and 50% of autistic students also have intellectual disability.

Another disappointing response from the NDIA

Below is the NDIA's disappointing response to a personal letter about the NDIS halting its intake in the ACT. 

As usual, the NDIA's response fails to answer the very simple question asked. And it fails to address the key issues raised in the letter.

What the response does show is that the original commitment to Australian's with disability, that the Commonwealth would fund any NDIS participants above the initial estimates, was a incorrect. The response shows that official lied about the initial NDIS agreement and progress of the NDIS in the ACT depended on a new NDIS agreement being struck in November 2016.

Urgent: funding for out-of-home support for children with disability

Ms R Steven-Smith MLA
Minister for Disability
GPO Box 1020,
Canberra, ACT 2601


Dear Ms Steven-Smith MLA

Please tell us, the organisations listed below, which government agency or agencies are responsible for funding supported accommodation for children with disability when they do not or cannot live at home? As this matter is urgent for several very vulnerable children, we would appreciate an answer in the next 10 working days.


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